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Special Consideration - how to apply

29 August 2023

If you want an extension for an assignment or essay, contact your Course Co-ordinator or Academic Administrator. A request for Special Consideration is not a request for an extension. For assessment items less than 10%, please contact your Course Coordinator for advice, as these do not qualify under the Special consideration Regulations. Find out how to apply for Special Consideration.


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Collect the required evidence

For ALL special consideration applications supporting documentation MUST be provided. You can start an application for special consideration before obtaining all of the supporting evidence but is recommended that you have your documentation ready to include with your submission.

All supporting evidence must be submitted within 10 working days of your application being submitted.  If the supporting documentation is not received within 10 working days of the application being submitted, the application will be withdrawn.  If additional documentation is then requested it must be submitted as soon as possible, within 10 working days of the application being submitted (where possible).

Supporting documentation should usually be received prior to the release of results.  Any such documentation received after the release of results may result in the application being declined.


SC Medical Forms

If your application is based on medical grounds, it must be supported with medical evidence from a registered medical practitioner.   You will need to submit a SC Medical Form (2023). You must see your medical practitioner within a reasonable timeframe for them to be able to make a diagnosis, and that they are provided with sufficient information regarding the timing of your assessments/exams (as applicable) to enable the medical practitioner to provide beneficial supporting documentation.  


Other accepted evidence

If you are submitting an application which is related to a bereavement, appropriate evidence is a death notice from a newspaper or a letter from a medical practitioner, funeral director, minister of religion, religious leader, kaumatua or the police.  Please note that where the notice or letter does not indicate the relationship with the deceased to the student, you should include as evidence a letter stating the relationship.  This letter must be supplied by a third party. 


Submit the online application form

If you wish to apply for impairment or absence from a test/exam, please click the following link:

Please note you can now submit multiple course(s) assessment(s) in one application.                        

Please click the ‘Add new row’ link to add additional course or assessment items.    


If you wish to apply to be withdrawn from a course (backdated discontinuation), please click the following link:

For special consideration for late discontinuation, you can list a number of courses on one application.

If you do not receive confirmation of your Special Consideration request within 24 hours of submitting the form, please contact

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